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Written by Tom Johnson   
Tuesday, 23 August 2011

In the early days of the web, most websites were informational only. For example, in 2000, if you went to LDS.org, you could read the standard works, view Church magazines, and find lesson material.

Today the experience of the web is more interactive. You’re not limited to just reading websites. In fact, many websites contain applications built directly into the browser. And the information these sites deliver is personalized to your identity and role.

For example, on LDS.org you can now sign in and view your ward directory and calendar. You can access resources specific to your calling. You can view Church buildings and sites near your location. There’s even a Study Notebook where you can highlight passages and create journal entries.

In fact, there are dozens of new Church websites offering similar personalized experiences, from New FamilySearch to mormon.org to LDS Jobs. To access these and other resources, however, you need an LDS Account.

What Is LDS Account?

Your LDS Account provides you with a single user name and password to access all Church websites. One of the benefits of having an LDS Account is that it uses your membership record number to access information about your calling, location, ward, and family. Church websites draw upon this data to personalize the information shown to you and to expand the resources you can access.

What Sites Are Using LDS Account?

Most Church sites have a Sign In link that accepts your LDS Account. The following are the most popular sites using LDS Account:

Your LDS Account gives you access to all of these resources and more. Without an LDS Account, you’re missing a huge part of the online Church experience. You may be able to see some website information without signing in, but often more personalized information appears after you sign in.

For example, after executive secretaries and clerks sign in to LDS.org, a new option—Clerk Resources—appears on the Tools menu. Clerk Resources is a portal with training, tools, and information specific to clerk callings. A similar portal appears for stake presidents, bishops, Relief Society presidents, stake technology specialists, and others.

For Young Women leaders, after signing in to the Personal Progress site, they can track the progress of the young women they are called to serve. The leaders won’t be able to read journal entries—that view is private to the young woman only. But leaders can see more high-level information about progress.

How Do I Sign Up for an LDS Account?

To sign up for an LDS Account:

  1. Go to https://ldsaccount.lds.org.
  2. Click Register for an LDS Account.
  3. Complete the required fields. One of the required fields asks for your membership record number (MRN). You can find this on your temple recommend or on your Individual Ordinance Summary. If you don’t have either of these, ask your clerk for your MRN number. Figuring out this number may be inconvenient for some, but it ensures that only the right people have access to Church information, such as the ward directory and calendar. You can sign up without your MRN, but your access will be limited on some sites.
  4. Click the link in the confirmation e-mail sent to you.

Note: Anyone who is eight or older may sign up for an LDS Account. Children under 12, however, need their parent’s permission.

Selecting Your Interests

When you sign up for an LDS Account, you can select your interests from the Subscription tab. The Subscriptions tab presents several check boxes you can select, such as keeping updated about new Church websites, meetinghouse technologies, beta software, or Mormon Messages.

LDS Account Subscription Management

By going to the Subscriptions tab, you can select your interests and stay updated about these topics.

Selecting your interests allows leaders at Church headquarters to reach out to you with relevant information.

For example, if you select "Meetinghouse Technologies," you’ll receive a monthly newsletter from the meetinghouse technology team offering tips about new equipment and processes.

If you select to stay updated about “Opportunities to test or develop Church software,” you’ll be updated about projects and opportunities in the LDSTech development community.

Additionally, over the next six months, LDS Account will be enhanced with a more customizable profile. You will be able to access and manage your subscriptions, privacy controls, account settings, and other elements to control your experience across all Church sites. This will help LDS Account become a more complete online identity management tool.

 

Comments  

 
# Miho Bearnson 2011-08-29 20:05
I am very confused. I created account on LDS.org before, but there so many church web site and I don't know the same account works for all the listed church websites. How I can find out I already crated the account or not? What is the difference between LDS.org and Mormon.org. What is the difference between Familyserch.org and New.familyserch .org? I am very confused and multiiple account makes me more confused and this makes me never want to go to those church websites. Could anybody explain? I personally don't want to creat the account more than one. I might forget the username and passwards and I probably won't be able to log in those site for the second time. Anyway, Why do I need to be forced to creat an account?
 
 
# Tom Johnson 2011-09-15 12:24
Miho, your LDS Account should be the same for pretty much every Church website. Just go to http://ldsaccount.lds.org and log in there. If you can't remember your LDS Account login, retrieve the password or username. You then use this LDS Account to log into all the sites you mentioned.

To elaborate on the differences between sites, lds.org is intended for church members; mormon.org is intended for people learning about the Church. Familysearch.org allows both members and non-members to log in. New.familysearch.org restricts access to members, since it allows you to prepare temple-ready cards for work for the dead. Does that help?
 
 
# Larry Richman 2011-10-28 14:39
Tom, great article. You may want to correct one item above. On the Duty to God site, young men can read the Duty to God booklet online and enter/update their plans, but there is no option for leaders to track progress of young men like they can on the Personal Progress site.
 
 
# Tom Johnson 2011-10-29 07:19
Larry, thanks for the note. I updated the article so that it's more accurate now.
 
 
# Rick Winder 2012-07-22 07:58
Quoting Larry Richman:
On the Duty to God site, young men can read the Duty to God booklet online and enter/update their plans, but there is no option for leaders to track progress of young men like they can on the Personal Progress site.

Is this feature available yet on the Duty to God site to permit leaders to track progress of young men like they can on the Personal Progress site? If not, when will it be available?
 
 
# Larry Richman 2012-07-30 20:25
Quoting Rick Winder:
Quoting Larry Richman:
On the Duty to God site, young men can read the Duty to God booklet online and enter/update their plans, but there is no option for leaders to track progress of young men like they can on the Personal Progress site.

Is this feature available yet on the Duty to God site to permit leaders to track progress of young men like they can on the Personal Progress site? If not, when will it be available?

Rick, there are no plans to add a tracking feature to the Duty to God site. The goals for Duty to God are intended to be ongoing, and not just something to "check off." Therefore, the decision was made to not include this kind of feature on the site.
 
 
# Rob Merrill 2013-10-21 09:49
OH MY HECK

Please, PLEASE add two features to LDS Account SSO.
- First, let me check "remember me" and don't log me out, or at least keep me logged in for a month or a few weeks. I use ONE computer for everything and just want to be logged in. Please! My bank even gives me less "security" than the church site.
- Second, please remember me across all the domains, too... if I login at lds.org, then come here tech.lds.org or go to familysearch.org, I have to login every time on every domain.

It keeps me from wanting to use the church resources. Make my access seamless and easy for me (and hard for others to fake being me)!

THANK YOU!
 
 
# Tim 金龙Λ̊™ Riker 2013-11-15 16:37
lds.org and tech.lds.org should be using the same login session. This is because the signin "cookie" is sent to any lds.org domain. Familysearch.org is a different domain so cross logins are not as seamless.
 
 
# Tom Kofford 2013-11-18 08:24
Quoting Rob Merrill:
OH MY HECK

Please, PLEASE add two features to LDS Account SSO.
- First, let me check "remember me" and don't log me out, or at least keep me logged in for a month or a few weeks. I use ONE computer for everything and just want to be logged in. Please! My bank even gives me less "security" than the church site.

Great suggestion! Short answer: This is one of our top priorities to add and we're working to get there.
Now I'll write a small novel with some of the interesting details around this that you may not want to read. There's a shorter response to your next point in a follow on post (this one was originally too long).
The vendor we rely on has "suggested" that this functionality will be available in a major patch set in later 2014. This doesn't seem fast enough for us, so we're investigating alternative ways we might accomplish this.
(continued in next post)
 
 
# Tom Kofford 2013-11-18 08:26
(continued from previous post) It may be more complicated that it appears at first glance. "Remember me" or "persistent login" for many people doesn't present much of a security concern. For some people or applications, though, it does. When we offer this functionality, we must also have a way to protect applications or certain users by requiring either recent or step-up authentication in order to access more sensitive information. The use case we typically talk about in this scenario is a bishop who shares his computer at home with his family. He may not realize that "remember me" would give his teenage children access to confidential information about his ward. In this case, when an attempt is made to access one of those applications, we must recognize that the authentication used was "remember me" but that the site requires a recent authentication or an additional token (one-time password via text message or some other type of token).
(continued in next post)
 
 
# Tom Kofford 2013-11-18 08:27
(continued from previous)
The user would be prompted for the appropriate additional authentication before gaining entry to the application. These same type of issues make it difficult for our one-size-fits-all idle session timeout to make sense for all participating applications.
We currently don't have "remember me" or the ability to require a recent authentication. Additionally, most of the applications do not yet have clean lines for authentication requirements (e.g. lds.org/notSoSensitive requires user name password but lds.org/notSoSecret/exceptForThisRe allySensitiveSt uff requires a DNA sample). Instead, the content is sometimes mixed where the same page can either show sensitive or not-so-sensitive information depending on context. Phew! That was long.
 
 
# Tom Kofford 2013-11-18 08:29
Quoting Rob Merrill:
OH MY HECK

- Second, please remember me across all the domains, too... if I login at lds.org, then come here tech.lds.org or go to familysearch.org, I have to login every time on every domain.

It keeps me from wanting to use the church resources. Make my access seamless and easy for me (and hard for others to fake being me)!

THANK YOU!


Currently, over 150 applications use LDS Account SSO across LDS.org and LDSChurch.org. Some applications on both domains still do not participate in SSO and sometimes there are links to http (vs. https) pages within an SSO app that, in some circumstances, overwrites the SSO cookies with anonymous information which effectively logs out the user. We're always working to bring more applications on board and make the experience better. We're also working with Family History to make that experience more seamless. Watch for changes soon.
(continued in next post)
 
 
# Tom Kofford 2013-11-18 08:30
(continued from previous post)
Additional domains (mormon.org, ldsjobs.org, etc.) would also like to participate but we have some technical issues around log out that prevent us from supporting additional domains. We're working on a solution and we're a bit behind schedule.

Hope that at least provides a glimpse of what we're working to overcome offers some hope that we're working hard to make things better.
(finally, I'm done).
 

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